g.maclennan at SPAMqut.edu.au
Mon Nov 29 21:50:14 MST 1999
What can one say? I live and work in Academia in Australia. A country
where the principle danger for the white population is a slow death
through consumerism. My driving interests at present are philosophical. I
am contemplating a piece on the negative dialectic that will take in
Kierkegaard and Heidegger. I am interested in Kierkegaard because of his
madness. Heidegger interests me too because he was such a repulsive
person, but despite that he strove for wisdom. I think somehow if I can
reconcile how both of these thinkers moved towards the mystical with the
enlightenment optimism of Roy Bhaskar then I will have forged a relevant
philosophy at least on the personal level. I was given a push along with
this vague plan by seeing the film _Fight Club_. It speaks wonders about
What has all this to do with Africa? Where one dines between massacres as
Brecht put it? Nothing of course. I taught in Kano from 1968-71 but all
that would have changed beyond recognition. I recently marked a thesis from
a Botswana student and it was very interesting on media policy in his country.
However I must continue with my work even though it might strike you as
obscenely irrelevant. As for the people you mention - I know very little. I
heard of Mengitsu, of course, but thought nothing good of him. If you post
on him I will read it and that might begin the process of making us all
sound more relevant to your situation.
At 11:25 29/11/99 +0000, you wrote:
>I come after one week to find many mails - I did not count. It was like
>meeting a monkey with much sewa - a sort of beer. After 10 or so, monkey
>begins to reminisce to forget his today problems. You people have so much
>time for sitting and drinking and chattering. It is not important.
>This time of year is usually for harvesting, but there is almost none, and
>¼ million people are refugees from the border war with Eritrea. Most of
>Africa has same kinds of problems, but you debate Adorno and Frankfurt
>school. I am afraid that I am losing the meaning. I heard a joke
>yesterday about how many angels infest a pinhead. You can debate
>that! It will be interesting.
>The Word Trade conference in USA should be on your agenda. What has
>happened? Was it closed by Amazon indians? Many here would like to see
>the speakers in Addis, or better Wollo. They would shut them!
>Anyway, our special 'ball-cutter' Mengistu, died of drink recently. In
>his time we read much of what you are saying. Did you think he was a
>Marxist or a socialist? If you did then I shall leave this e-mail
>work. If you see him as a Saddam, then you must explain. You probably
>never heard of Meles Zenawi or Issayas Afeworki, but they spoke as some of
>you do before the Woyane and Shaabia (EPRDM and EPLF) got rid of Mengistu
>and placed them in power. Now they fight among themselves. When one or
>the other wins, what then? Meanwhile there is slaughtering.
>My best wishes
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